Facts and Figures on Traumatic Brain Injuries
One of the most serious injuries an individual can experience is a head injury, particularly if it’s serious enough to cause trauma to the brain. There are many types of accidents that could lead to traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and the recovery process from a TBI can be very challenging.
While this isn’t the most common type of injury in the U.S. today, you might be surprised by how many lives are changed by a traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
- Brain injuries are a contributing factor in approximately 30% of all injury fatalities.
- In 2013, brain injuries were responsible for approximately 2.8 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Of these, brain injuries resulted in at least 50,000 deaths.
- Between 2007 and 2013, emergency room visits for TBIs increased by 47%.
- In 2012, over 300,000 children (ages 19 or younger) were treated for traumatic brain injuries, primarily caused by sports and other recreational accidents.
Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries
With so many occurrences of traumatic brain injuries, it’s worth wondering how these injuries happen in the first place. This seems especially relevant, because increased safety measures, such as wearing a bicycle helmet, have been introduced to stop these kinds of incidents.
- According to the CDC, 47% of all traumatic brain injuries were caused by falls.
- The incidents of fall-related TBI cases were highest among the very young and the elderly. For children (ages 14 and younger) who sustained brain injuries, slips and falls were the cause for more than half (54%). For adults 65 and up, falls were responsible for 79% of all TBI incidents.
- In young children (ages 15 and younger) 22% of TBI incidents were caused by a blow to the head or by banging the head against an object.
- The second leading cause of traumatic brain injuries is getting struck in the head. This represents 15% of all TBI-related emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths.
- The third leading cause of all TBI incidents is car accidents, representing 14% of all TBI hospitalizations, including emergency room visits, and deaths.
It’s not always evident that a brain injury occurred immediately following an accident. In fact, it can sometimes take days or weeks for symptoms to appear. For this reason, an experienced brain injury lawyer in Washington D.C. would likely suggest that you have a doctor examine you as soon as possible.
Common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include persistent headaches, frequent nausea or vomiting, seizures, convulsions, difficulty walking, slurring of speech, a shaky, weak feeling in the limbs, and dilated pupils.
If you or someone you love may have experienced a traumatic brain injury, it’s recommended that you seek medical care immediately. A head injury caused by another person’s negligence may justify filing a civil suit for financial compensation.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Cohen & Cohen, P.C., for their insight into brain injuries.
- Written by Jill Fowler